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Giants' coaches ready for Jason Pierre-Paul of old to return

Jason Pierre-Paul rushes during a game against the

Jason Pierre-Paul rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Getty

If there is one player the Giants defense needs to play to his potential this season, it's Jason Pierre-Paul. The team's most talented defensive lineman has the ability to wreck gameplans the way Godzilla does architecture, and after a season in which he was physically unable to do that, the coaches are hoping - and thinking - that he'll be able to return to form.

"He's all systems go," defensive line coach Robert Nunn said. "He's in as good of shape as he's been since I've been around him. ... He came in and I think he's in a good frame of mind and got himself in a good position to start the season off."

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Pierre-Paul is "an exceptional talent."

"When you have a person who is an exceptional talent on your football team you want him to play at the highest level he can possibly play at," Fewell said. "How important is that? It's important for him to be the best he can be which allows us to do more things and allows our team to be very good. Obviously yes, we want him to stand out and be the person. JPP is a guy, he thinks about team first. He works well within our team philosophy."

But there are some times when it's best to just let him do his thing.

Said Fewell: "We'd like for him to return to the JPP before."

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